Responsive Day Out is a conference unlike many others. Forget about Swag Bags, lanyards and fancy snacks. It’s the leanest conference I ever attended in terms of organization and reduced to the essence: Good talks and nice people.
The conference only lasted one day but came packed with the insane number of 12 speakers in total. There was only one speaker track, so you got to see all of them during the day - no hard choices to make. It was highly compressed, almost overwhelming knowledge hammering into my brain, in a density that I had rarely experienced before. It was awesome!
So was the format in general: The day was split into 4 parts, where each part consisted of 3 speakers. The talks took about 20 minutes each, followed by a short discussion with the three speakers of the segment. The discussions (as the conference in general) where moderated by the entertaining one and only Jeremy Keith. The initiator of the Responsive Day Out and well known as Author, Speaker and Host from other conferences like Smashing Conference. I deeply appreciate the effort and love that he and his team from @clearleft put into this conference.
As already mentioned the day was split into 4 topic segments. Each contained 3 talks around a broader topic area.
#1: Big picture thinking around workflows
- Alice Bartlett on gov.uk and acessability [Listen to Audio]
- Rachel Schillcock on design for the change and acessability [Listen to Audio]
- Alla Kholmatova on style guides and pattern libraries [Listen to Audio]
#2: Mini conference on front-end technologies
- Peter Gaston on web components [Listen to Audio]
- Jason Grigsby on responsive images [Listen to Audio]
- Heydon Pickering dynamic content [Listen to Audio]
#3: Beyond today and to the future of responsive design
- Jake Archibald on JS and service workers [Listen to Audio]
- Ruth John on browser APIs [Listen to Audio]
- Zoe Mickley Gillenwater on responsive flexbox inspiration [Listen to Audio]
#4: High level view of what the future might bring.
- Rosie Campbell on designing for digital wallpapers [Listen to Audio]
- Lyza Gardner on advantages of being a generalists [Listen to Audio]
- Aaron Gustafson on accessability and the future web [Listen to Audio]
Takeaways & Learnings
I will not try to cover the actual contents of all the talks here… And luckily I don’t have to. Videos of the whole conference will be provided at responsiveconf.com, the official audios are already linked. Also there is a very nice write-up with more details on Hidde de Vries Blog.
But I do want to point out my personal highlights and takeaways:
- I have to look into flexbox (again)
- I want to learn more about
- I’m not the only one puzzled by responsive images
- Being a generalist is nothing to be ashamed of
- Efforts on making sites and products accessable are worth it!
- Service Workers are the new shit!
- Heydon Pickering rules!
I had a really good time in Brighton at the 3rd Responsive Day Out! Thanks to all people who made it happen and to those who shared their thoughts and ideas, on stage as in the pub :)